Grammy Noms are Here, But We Aren’t Nodding

The Grammy nominations have once again proven worthy of all the gasps of surprise, both good and bad. Why bad? Well, haven’t you heard that millennial saying – disappointed but not surprised? That seems applicable to the Grammys this year, more than ever.

Classic icons like Madonna, the ‘Queen of Pop’ was left out of the lists. Fans were enraged at the fact that BTS, the k-pop boy band with the best selling album this year, wasn’t nominated by the panelists.

People were quick to point out the subtle racism and xenophobia present in the nominee list that largely excluded people of color. Halsey, Madonna, BTS, Pink, Mariah Carey, Juice WRLD, Kane Brown and Sam Smith (with Normani) are some major leaguers that got none at all. One common factor among these artists were that they were mostly people of color or queer.

Meek Mill and 21 Savage, two rappers who spent time in detention centers, got nominated for Best Rap Album. They vouched for the prevalence of racism within the industry as their careers were heavily impacted by the legal accusations surrounding their illegal overstay in the US since 2006. Meek Mill said that he had “lost a lot of my people” referring to his fan based largely constituted of Trump supporters who were openly xenophobic.

But all is not lost! Some of the year’s biggest hit makers from Lizzo to Lil Nas X made it through with plenty of nods. Fans swooned over the nomination of Michelle Obama , who got nominated for Best Spoken World Album for her audio book “Becoming”. If won, this would become the third award won at the Obama household. Barack Obama has already bagged two awards for his books in the same category.

Beyonce’s live album “Homecoming” didn’t receive any attention but her project for the Lion King Movie – “The Lion King: The Gift” found some approval from the nomination committee after all. It was picked for the Best Song curated for visual media.

It’s hard to predict what will happen at the 2020 Grammy Awards on January 26, but we hope that deserving and hard working artists will be awarded! We’re looking forward to the wild night which will be graced by artists like Lil Naz X and the Jonas brothers.

Disney’s little Mermaid completes 30 years

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 and was Disney’s first film to incorporate various different kinds of background music to enhance every feeling and presence of the protagonist “Ariel” by songwriters Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. The album also gained a lot of attention from the Grammy’s. The iconic track, ‘Under The Sea’ won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television along with the Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

Since the early 2000’s, The Little Mermaid, had been heavily scrutinised for prevalent misogyny that requires the mermaid to give up her voice for a prince in hopes of marriage.She literally had no say in her story !

But at the time Ariel became the foundation for a number of heroines like Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”, Jasmine in “Aladdin” to Mulan in “Mulan”. It was the dawn of the more rebellious heroins for Disney !

This was also true for the antagonist of the movie, Ursula, who was based on the drag queen, Divine. She was the first villain with such a dominating screen presence, unlike her counterpart witch from Snow white who took on a more passive role in the movie. This was also the first movie to have an entirely unique soundtrack for its antagonist! Without Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s input, Ursula’s character wouldn’t stand out as much as she did.

This was a revolutionary movie as the Disney studio was in shambles during the production of the movie, the company had lost direction following the deaths of Walt Disney and his brother Roy more than a decade earlier. Films produced in the early 1980s, such as “The Fox and the Hound” and “The Black Cauldron’’ emphasized cost-cutting over innovation, sapping morale and quality. The little mermaid was truly a game changer in the genre of musicals and post production. It is no surprise that this movie garnered a Broadway show of its own! It revolutionized heroines , soundtracks and villains in 30 years!